Marivonne R. Essex, "The Red Headed Lawyer"

Posted July 22nd, 2023 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

The word “separation” is commonly heard prior to divorce proceedings. Couples may separate physically and emotionally with the intent of either working out their problems or not, but in legal terms, the definition is surprisingly simple. To be separated is to live apart from your spouse while married. What this actually means in real life

Posted May 14th, 2023 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

There are some decisions most of us are OK delegating. What happens to your assets upon death is not one of those casual concerns. Chances are, everyone reading this has strong opinions about who will receive their hard-earned money and property. Unfortunately, your opinions won’t matter if you die without a Will – a situation

Posted March 18th, 2023 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Here’s a non-surprise – most unhappy couples look to their partner’s social media accounts for evidence of wrongdoing. There have even been studies showing Facebook had a hand in up to two-thirds of American divorces! If there were an intersection where drivers had a two out of three chance of crashing, all would detour around

Posted January 21st, 2023 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

Perhaps the toughest part of a contentious divorce is how it impacts kids, particularly teenagers. The proceedings can be lengthy and divisive, and may expose younger family members to situations they had no idea existed. In Texas, there is well-established precedent for thoughtfully addressing where children of divorced parents will ultimately live. Today we will

Posted December 3rd, 2022 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

It is no secret that pretty much everything costs more today than one year (or one month) ago. Whether you visit the supermarket, rent a car, or buy new furniture, there is that unavoidable moment of sticker shock. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in October and was up 7.7% from the year-ago period, but

Posted October 31st, 2022 | by The Red Headed Lawyer

It is safe to say that it is in the best interest of Texas (and likely all states) to make it easier as possible for parents to comply with the terms of a divorce. No one is served by complexity or bureaucracy, and this certainly applies to anyone making court-ordered child support payments. Given the